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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Doris Fernandez" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 02:31:48 +0100
Subject: KINDLY RESPOND BACK
My name is Mrs. Doris Fernandez, widow to late Mr. Nelson Fernandez former owner of Al
Fernandez Petroleum and Gas company, here in Qatar. I am 68years old, suffering
from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is
really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than 2 months
according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I dont want your pity but I need your trust.
My late husband died early last year from heart attack, and during the
period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very
wealthy and after his
death, I inherited all his business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I
will not live
for more than 2 months, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth to
contribute mainly to the
development of charity in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail, I found your e-mail address in
the web directory, and I have decided to contact you, but if for any reason you find
this mail offensive, you can ignore it and please accept my apology.
Before my late husband died he was a major oil tycoon, in Qatar and
deposited the sum of US$25, 000, 000. 00 Million Dollar (Twenty Five Million ) in a company some years ago, thats all I have left now, having know my condition, I decided
to establish communication in asking or need you to collect this funds and
distribute it yourself to charities. so that when I die my soul can rest in peace.
the funds will be entirely in your hands and management. I hope God gives you
the wisdom to touch very many lives, which is my main concern.
30% of this money will be for your time and effort, while 70% goes to charity like I have
Please kindly get back to me if you will assist me or not in carrying out
the good work of God, respond back with your contact details below.
Full name :
Thanks as I wait your urgent response,
Kindly send email to me with my private email address
God bless you.